Speaking

If you’d like to book me for a talk, please send an email to info@ilsr.org.

Recent Events

November 18, 2017 — Moderated a session at the National League of Cities conference on “Creating a City Where Small Businesses Thrive,” with Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Tory Campbell of Prosper Portland, and Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona. Read more.

November 13, 2017 — Delivered a public lecture on “Amazon’s Stealth Invasion.” (Watch the video.)

September 28, 2017— Gave the opening keynote talk at the Together, We Will Ensure Portland’s Independence conference, organized by the Portland Independent Business & Community Alliance. (Watch the video.)

August 12, 2017 — Session on the “Economic Impact of Concentration on Rural Communities and Main Streets” at the Food and Agriculture Conference, organized by the Organization for Competitive Markets.

A Few Past Events

November 3, 2016 — Public presentation in Nashville, Tenn., on  “Strengthening Independent Businesses and the Local Economy,” sponsored by Indie Nash.

July 8, 2016 — Session on “Challenging a Rigged Market: Policy Tools That Enable Local Businesses to Thrive,” with Devita Davison from FoodLab Detroit, Kimber Lanning from Local First Arizona, and Chris Schildt from PolicyLink, at Commonbound. (Watch the video.)

January 25, 2016 —  Spoke on a plenary panel about “The New Localism,” at the American Booksellers Association’s annual conference. (Watch the video.)

October 7, 2015 — Session on “If You Build It, Will They Come?” at the Kauffman Foundation’s Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship.

June 17, 2015 — Speaker at an invitational symposium on “Antitrust and Entrepreneurship”  in Washington, D.C., organized by the American Antitrust Institute.

October 1, 2014 — Delivered the keynote talk at the annual conference of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association.

June 6, 2014 — Presented a session on “A Localist Agenda: Policy and Politics for Building a Community-Scaled Economy” with Barry Lynn of Open Markets, Aaron Bartley of PUSH Buffalo, and Lew Daly of Demos at CommonBound in Boston. (Watch the video.)

April 27, 2014 — Presented a session on “Managing Neighborhood Character through Retail Controls” at the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference, together with San Francisco Planning Director John Rahaim and San Francisco Planning Commission Vice President Rodney Fong.

Jan. 18, 2011 — Gave a keynote talk at the Summit for Advocates for Independent Retail, a Washington, D.C., meeting of leaders of national trade associations and other organizations representing independent businesses.

Oct. 17, 2009 —  Lecture in Bristol, U.K., at the Bristol Schumacher Conference, organized by the Schumacher Society and the New Economics Foundation.

Feb. 2, 2009 — Panel discussion on “Urban Visions: The Neighborhood Store in the Shadow of Urban Redevelopment” at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, with filmmaker Virginie-Alvine Perrette, Vicki Weiner of the Pratt Center for Community Development, author Phillip Lopate, and architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

May 7, 2008 — Keynote at the Third Annual Conference of Good Jobs First.

Jan. 26, 2008 —  Plenary roundtable discussion with Bill McKibben and Michael Shuman at the American Bookseller’s Association’s Winter Institute. (Video)